Request for suggestions: a Workflow application

David invalid.address at
Sun Mar 19 21:05:44 CET 2000

Very cool, both vivtek's and Alessandro's ideas.  A year or so ago, I was
heading toward doing the same sort of thing, but ended up needed to focus
my attention elsewhere.

My goal was to create a document-sharing/locking system operated through
EMail, so that my workteam could edit documents without stepping on each
others' toes (or, at least, less often; EMail does have that lagtime error

I'll be glad to help betatest, proof code and suchlike.  Mail me at
dpriest at  -- and, yes, that's my spam-filtering email, so
you'd best make the subject line really obviously non-spam.  :)

On Sun, 19 Mar 2000 12:32:01 +1000, "Chui Tey" <teyc at> wrote:

>Keep an eye on this...
>Alessandro Bottoni <Alessandro.Bottoni at> wrote in message
>news:6D8A17398E28D3119F860090274DD7DB4985A6 at
>> I have to write a typical workflow, e-mail-based, application and I wonder
>> which (Python) tools I can use.
>> The task is as follows:
>> 1) I have a group (or a "sequence") of mail boxes. One of the boxes
>> represent the common "entry point" for all the messages coming from the
>> outside.
>> 2) Associated to the "entry point" mail box, there is a script that parses
>> the incoming messages.
>> 3) Depending on the content of the message, the program performs an
>> For example it send a copy of the message to someone else, maybe after
>> having changed it a little bit.
>> 4) Associated to any other mail box, there is a script that process the
>> incoming message in a similar way.
>> 5) The path from a box to another is defined in an external database.
>> I wonder:
>> 1) Which mail server (or list server) can I use? SendMail? MailMan?
>> Majordomo? (of course, I'm able to modify a free, Python based program if
>> needed...)
>> 2) Is there any program that fit this task (a wheel worth not to
>> reinvent...)?
>> 3) Is there any (obscure?) Python module that can help me in writing this
>> program, beside the POP3 and SMTP modules?
>> Thanks.
>> --------------------------------
>> Alessandro Bottoni
>> (Alessandro.Bottoni at
>> (alessandro.bottoni at
>> Web Programmer
>> Think3 inc.
>> (

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